Gustavo Cerati

Gustavo Adrián Cerati ( Buenos Aires , August 11, 1959- ib. , September 4, 2014) 2 3 4 was a musician, singer-songwriter, composer and record producer in Argentina , considered one of the most influential and well- A Latin American rock legend . 5 6 7 8 9

He gained fame and international recognition for being the vocalist, guitarist and main composer of the rock band Soda Stereo , one of the most important and influential bands of Latin music. After the dissolution of the band, he also obtained recognition and success in his solo career, which consists of five studio albums and various incursions with other musicians. His solo career began in the early 1990s , in parallel to that band, due to a recess that had taken the group after a strong crisis. In that instance Cerati published its first album like soloist, Amor yellow ; But with the return of Soda Stereo his solo career remained in suspense until the absolute dissolution of the band.

After Soda Stereo, Cerati experimented with different styles, from electronic music ( Plan V ) to symphonic music . In 2007 Soda Stereo returned in a tour called Me verás volver , after which its members resumed their activities separately. On May 15, 2010, he suffered an ischemic stroke , which left him in a coma for more than four years, dying on September 4, 2014 because of a respiratory arrest at the ALCLA Clinic in Buenos Aires . 10

Throughout its race like soloist it gained and was nominated for numerous prizes, among them Latin Grammy , Konex , MTV and Gardel . On December 5, 2013, the musician was named Illustrious Citizen , a distinction awarded to him by the Legislature of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires 11 12 in recognition of his career. In its September 2012 edition, Rolling Stone ranked Cerati No. 2 among the 100 best guitarists in national rock.

Early years

He was born on August 11, 1959 in the neighborhood of Barracas , Buenos Aires , Argentina , the eldest son of the engineer and accountant Juan José Cerati and Lilian Clark. 13Since he was little, he was connected to the musical environment. His first foray was in a group of broomsticks that he formed in primary school, where he stood out in front of the other students. In addition to music, he had other hobbies: drawing for long periods, creating comic characters , such as “Supercerebro” -like Superman , but with the peculiarity that the kryptonite did nothing to him, only the mediums came to affect him, without power feel-.

Skilled for sports (he practiced swimming and athletics ), he obtained a second place in a Billiken magazine contest , after running the 100 meters in an intercollegiate competition. One of the fundamental activities that he carried out during those first years consisted of directing the choir of the school San Roque Institute , where later it had to fulfill a suspension by bellowing during a mass (it was able to return to its position after winning a singing prize in The Coliseum and donate it to the institution).

In his time as a teenager he worked as a visiting physician at Boehringer Argentina Laboratory mid 1971. [ citation needed ] Then, years later he was called to meet with the Argentine military.

His first musical influences were bands like The Police (who offered a tribute to the song “Bring on the Night”, where he sang and played bass, with Andy Summers on guitar and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums), Queen ( Recorded a version of ” Some Day One Day ” with Soda Stereo called ” Someday “) and The Cure . Also David Bowie , Luis Alberto Spinetta , Brian May of Queen and Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple .

In high school he formed the groups with which he won a Christmas song contest on Channel 9 . He then formed two simultaneous bands, Savage (of rock and blues), and Vozarrón (of fusion music). Savage was also composed of two British singers, and used to act in a cabaret in front of Centennial Park . He also formed a trio called “Tricycle.” 14

At the beginning of 1982 he played with Zeta Bosio and Sandra Baylac with the band The Morgan , in Punta del Este (Uruguay). The Morgan began as a punk rock group inspired by The Police (who had visited Argentina in 1980), and The Cure . Later that same year, he formed the Stress group with Sandra Baylac (singer), Pablo Guadalupe (drums), Alejandro O’Donell (keyboards), Carlos Amato (guitarist) and Zeta Bosio (bass). The Stress group was the genesis of The Stereotypes and arose because they met the weekends to play with Charly Amato in the background of the house of Zeta Bosio in San Fernando . Later Andrés Calamaro also formed part of the group as keyboard player.

Career with Soda Stereo (1982-1997)

Main article: Soda Stereo

The beginning of Soda Stereo and other projects (1982-1992)

In 1982 Cerati established a close musical and friendly relationship with Héctor Zeta Bosio , who would be decisive in the future of both. They were known previously because they were partners in the career of Advertising at the Universidad del Salvador , 2 but only deepened their friendship in the austral summer of 1982 , in Punta del Este , where they decided to return to Buenos Aires and form Soda Stereo . Gustavo and Zeta shared the same musical tastes and dreams and began a search to integrate a punk rock group inspired by The Police (which appeared in Argentina that year), with their own songs, in Spanish. In that pre-Soda search they integrated together the band The Morgan , soon the group Stress , next to Sandra Baylac , Charly Amato and the drummer Pablo Guadalupe, and Project Erekto , next to Andrés Calamaro . fifteen

Finally the two musicians began to project the formation of a band in which they would play their own songs. At that moment they know Charly Alberti with whom they formed the trio The Stereotypes . 16 After a brief period in which they tested different formations, including at times musicians like Richard Coleman and Daniel Melero among others, ended up preferring the trio form and changed the name to Soda Stereo . The definitive formation was: Gustavo Cerati (voice and guitar), Zeta Bosio (bass and backing vocals) and Charly Alberti (drums).

From the beginning the group was busy building its own image; Helped by Alfredo Lois (university partner) took care of the aesthetic details, the makeup, the hairstyles, and later, the cover of the first discs and the staging of the recitals. 16 The first concerts were in July of 1983 in the discotheque Airport and Stud Free Pub . From that moment they toured the pubs circuit , with obligatory stopover in Café Einstein and Zero, which, at that time, represented the center of the less commercial movement of the moment, where they played bands like Sumo and Virus .

Along with Soda Stereo Gustavo Cerati recorded seven albums of study: Soda Stereo (1984), Nothing Personal (1985), Signs (1986), A Double Life (1988), Song Animal (1990), Dynamo (1992), Dream Stereo (1995 ).


Between 1985 and 1988 parallel to Soda Stereo was member of band Fricción , band led by Richard Coleman but his work was only in guitars and in choirs, also produced its only two albums: Consummation or consumption and To finish .

With Charly García

In 1988 Cerati received a call from Charly Garcia , proposing to record an album to duo. The disc was going to be called Tango 3 , but for reasons that until today are unknown never materialized. After this failed project, he participated in guitars and choirs in the song “Vampiro” of the disc Tango 4 , of Charly Garci’a and Pedro Aznar .

Last years of Soda, first disc soloist and other projects (1992-1997)

Holy Colors

Main article: Holy Colors

While Cerati was part of Soda Stereo, in 1992 he released the Colores santos album , which he performed with Daniel Melero and had the contribution of musicians Flavio Etcheto and Carola Bony . It was recorded in the Supersonic studio of Soda Stereo and was not presented live.


Main article: Dynamo (album)

In January of 1993, the members of Soda Stereo undertook their sixth Latin American tour. They visited Mexico, Chile, Paraguay, and Venezuela. Once the tour Dynamo presentation , they take a long break that made the rumors of separation of the band grow. At the end of the year, Zona de Promesas was released , a compilation of remixes of classic songs by the band, and the inclusion of an unpublished song that gave the album its title.

Yellow love

Several things happened during that time. Some of them were the change of company record on the part of the band (of Sony to BMG); The edition of the album Amor Amaral (1993): his first solo work, which coincided with the birth of Gustavo’s first son. The album was recorded in Chile and Buenos Aires with the participation of Zeta Bosio. Although Gustavo said that at that time he did not intend to pursue a solo career.

1994 was the worst year of Soda Stereo. On July 4, Tobias, the small son of Zeta, died in a traffic accident, a fact that would affect him deeply, personally and professionally. By unanimous decision they took distance from the myth and evaluated the possibility of separating definitively.

Stereo dream

Main article: Stereo Dream

In 1995, Soda finished the break to record what would be his last studio album, Dream Stereo , with new songs that became classics of the band that were in the first places of the radios. The record work soon won platinum , becoming one of the band’s most successful albums. In 1996 , Soda toured the United States ( Los Angeles , Chicago , New York , and Miami ) to present their latest production. After repeatedly rejecting the insistent invitation, in mid-year they recorded a concert in Miami for the MTV music chain. This presentation was supposed to be acoustic, but had the peculiarity that the band did not respect the original slogan on the use of unplugged instruments (apparently was a condition that put the group). The album that records this performance, Comfort and Music for Flying (1996), is an unplugged and plugged version of 11 songs (only a few songs were played unplugged) of the band and also includes 4 new songs, which had Out of Stereo Dream and an interactive track with cartoons and video footage of the MTV presentation. In the presentation were played only 4 songs unplugged. This record constitutes the last record production made as a band.

Plan V (1995-1998)

Main article: Plan V

From that moment, Soda entered a silence that only was interrupted by the unofficial versions of its definitive separation.

Meanwhile, Gustavo joined three non-professional Chilean musicians (Andrés Bucci, Guillermo Ugarte and Christian Powditch), to constitute Plan V , an electronic project that takes shape in two albums: Plan V (1996), of trasandino origin; And the second work, Plan Black V Dog (1998), that was shared with the English Black Dog , and published in the year 1998 after the separation of Soda Stereo .

Final of Soda Stereo (1997)

The 1 of maypole of 1997 , Soda Stereo officially announced their separation through a press release. The next day, all newspapers echoed the news and the daily Clarín devoted a large space on its cover for it.

While Gustavo Cerati published in the supplement “Yes” of the newspaper Clarin what would be “The letter of farewell”

These lines arise from what I have perceived these days in the street, the fans that approach me, the people around me, and my own personal experience. I share the sadness that generates in many the news of our separation. I myself am submerged in that state because few things have been so important in my life as Soda Stereo. Anyone knows that it is impossible to lead a band without some level of conflict. It is a fragile balance in the struggle of ideas that very few manage to maintain for fifteen years, as we proudly did. But, lately, different personal and musical misunderstandings began to compromise that balance. There, too, excuses are generated not to confront us, excuses finally for a group future in which we no longer believed as we did in the past. To cut by the healthy is, worth the net, to make use of our mental health above all and also the respect towards all our fans who followed us for so long. A hug. 17

During the months of August and September of that year they carried out a Latin American tour by Mexico , Venezuela and Chile . The trajectory culminated with an official farewell held in Buenos Aires on September 20 at the River Plate Stadium before more than 70 000 people. When the concert culminated and ended the performance of ” Light music ,” a visibly excited Gustavo Cerati dedicated his little farewell speech, in thanks to his fans and collaborators, with the following words:

Not only would not we have been nothing without you, but with all the people who were around us from the beginning. Some continue to this day. Thank you … totals! 18

The recording of this presentation was recorded in two albums released at the end of that year called The Last Concert , A and B (1997); And later in 2005 was edited the DVD, Soda Stereo: The last concert , which contains the recording of the concert, documentaries and extras.

Career soloist (1998-2010)

Projects and Bocanada (1998-2001)

After the dissolution of Soda Stereo, Cerati was dedicated to the electronic experimentation with the musician Flavio Etcheto , forming a duo that called Ocio and that it published its disc Measure universal in the middle of 1999. Also participated in a disc homage to The Police next to Andy Summers (original guitarist of the British group) and talented drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, with a version of the song ” Bring on the night “.

After a long and expectant wait for the fans and the music scene, on June 28, 1999 saw their first solo album after the separation of Soda Stereo, Bocanada . It was recorded in the studio CasaSubmarina (Buenos Aires) and in the famous Abbey Road studios (in London ) and had the participation of Leo García in choirs and vocals, Fernando Nalé on bass, Flavio Etcheto on keyboards , and Martín Carrizo on drums .

Although it was strictly his second solo work, he was seen as if he was the first, since with him he started his course without Soda Stereo. It was immediately praised by critics, being considered until today like one of the discs of greater musical quality that has created the artist. The veteran rock critic David Cortés Arce said of the album ” Bocanada is a key album in the history of Latin American rock, and generally, of all Spanish – speaking countries.” 19 20 Among them, Allmusic awarded him 4 1/2 stars out of five, something even more important as a Latin album. 21 It was a success among the public, being a gold record in Argentina , and also among the press, where he reaped praise Critical The tour of the album included Argentina , Chile , Colombia , Costa Rica , Ecuador , El Salvador , United States , Mexico , Panama and Venezuela . The song ” Puente ” became its first great success of soloist, being this one nominated several prizes, among them to a Latin Grammy like Better song of rock .

+ Good and 11 symphonic episodes

In 2001 he made the soundtrack to the film + Bien , which was nominated as “best pop instrumental album” for the Latin Grammys . Composed and interpreted by Gustavo Cerati with the collaboration of Leandro Fresco . Voice of Claudia Oshiro in “It’s just an illusion”, Leo Garcia and Flavio Etcheto in samplers.

That same year is realized in the Avenue Theater the recording of what would be the disc 11 symphonic episodes , that contains versions of classic subjects of his race accompanied by a symphony orchestra led by Alexander Terán, who arranged the songs 22 The disc Was presented on April 22, 2002 22 in the main hall of the Teatro Colón in the city of Buenos Aires, this time together with the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra and under the direction of Pedro Ignacio Calderón . Presentations were also made in Mexico, Venezuela, Chile and in Mendoza (Argentina); Always with local orchestras of more than 65 musicians on stage.

It is always today (2002-2004)

It is always today , his third solo album of studio, produced by Sasha Triujeque (producer, audio engineer, musician) and Toy Hernández (musician and producer of Control Machete ); Goes on sale at the end of 2002 simultaneously in Argentina, the United States , Mexico and Chile. In addition to rock, the album shows the influence of genres such as electronics and pop rock.

The presentation of the album was performed at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires in March 2003 with a band formed by Flavio Etcheto (samplers), Fernando Nalé (bass), Leandro Fresco (keyboards and choirs), Pedro Moscuzza ) And DJ Zucker (scratches and loops). 23 In some shows there were special units of Loló and Deborah del Corral in choirs and Tea-Time ( the Teats ) in rap “Altar”, besides important musicians like Charly Garcia and Domingo Cura . 2. 3

The tour to present the album began in late 2002 and toured the following countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Uruguay, San Jose Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico and the United States.

In 2003 a contest was launched on their website, where they could download the tracks of the songs separately to make a remix of the song. Finally the two winners and a selection of versions made by Argentine artists and from Mexico, Chile and Germany were included in the album Siempre es hoy: Reversiones , released as a double album and also in vinyl format with 4 of the selected tracks. This same year the DVD of the complete concert of 11 symphonic episodes , recorded in the Avenue theater, is published .

As a parallel project to his solo career emerges the electronic group Roken along with Flavio Etcheto and Leandro Fresco that is presented in several countries, including the Festival BAE (Buenos Aires Electronic).

In 2004 he released an album of great hits Songs chosen 93-04 , which has the unpublished theme “Tu locura”. There are two editions of the album one in Spain and another in Argentina , which include different songs.

Here we go (2006-2008)

On April 4, 2006, Cerati simultaneously launched in Mexico , Colombia and Argentina, its new production. Here we go . This involved a return to his rocky past . In Argentina it reached the Platinum disc before going on sale, due to the orders in advance. In Mexico he got the gold record in the first weeks of being published. It was undoubtedly the record work best received by both the critics and the audience of Gustavo Cerati’s career. The simple ” Goodbye ” and ” Crimen ” were a resounding success and became the most successful and popular songs of the musician. “Crime” won the Latin Grammy for Best Rock Song . In addition, there we won two other Latin Grammys as Best Rock Album and Album of the Year .

It was co-produced by Gustavo and Tweety González and has the participation of musicians such as: Richard Coleman (on guitars), Fernando Nalé (bass), Leandro Fresco, Tweety González, Emmanuel Cauvet, Fernando Samalea (drums), Flavius ​​Etcheto, Capri; And Loló Gasparini in choirs. ” Goodbye ” was written next to his son Benito. 24

In the mix was added the Venezuelan engineer and musician Héctor Castillo, who has worked with artists of the stature of Pete Townshend , David Bowie , Lou Reed and Suzanne Vega , among others. The album was mastered by Howie Weinberg in the Masterdisk studio (in New York).

The tour of the album included Argentina , Chile , Colombia , Mexico , Spain , England and the rest of Latin America . The band that accompanied Cerati during this tour was Richard Coleman on rhythm guitar, Fernando Nalé on bass, Fernando Samalea on drums and Leandro Fresco on keyboards, percussion, synthesizers and samplers.

The October to March of 2007 Cerati played a free concert to mark the end of Summer Program of the government of the city of Buenos Aires . The show was held in front of the Monument to General Güemes and the main streets were closed. The media estimated a turnout of 200,000 people. 25

On Saturday July 7, 2007, Cerati was the only Argentinean to participate in Live Earth , in the concert in Hamburg (Germany), when interpreting next to Shakira the subject ” Special day ” that both composed for the album Fixation Oral Vol. , Of the Colombian (Cerati participated in two subjects), of which also it was co-producer.

In 2007 collaborated in the album Mordisco of Emmanuel Horvilleur , with the song «19». During the presesentación of the disc, Cerati was invited to interpret that subject and “Nothing personal” of Soda Stereo. 26

On May 17, 2008, Cerati participated in the concert organized by the ALAS Foundation to raise funds to be used for programs to address UNICEF’s child development . In this concert Cerati performed with Shakira the song ” In the city of fury ” (Soda Stereo) and the songs ” City of poor hearts “, ” Crime “, ” People without Swing ” and ” Bridge ” (with the musician Fito Páez )

Return of Soda Stereo (2007)

In June 2007, the return of Soda Stereo was announced to the stage with a tour name You’ll see me again … . 27 This happened after several notes in which the former members of the band denied the rumors (that were created just separated the band) of a possible return. Two recitals were scheduled at the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium in Buenos Aires (the same stadium that saw them bid farewell in 1997) on October 19 and 20. Then, three new concerts were added for October 21 and November 2 and 3 due to the impressive demand for the first two days. The tour continued through Chile , Peru , Venezuela , the United States , Mexico , Ecuador , Panama and Colombia .

An additional date was also added for Soda Stereo’s farewell on December 21, 2007. Thus, 22 total dates were completed. The first day of ticket sales, the band set a record by selling more than 90,000 tickets for concerts in Argentina in just 24 hours, an absolute record for a band in Argentina. In addition, Soda Stereo was the first Latin American rock group to do six dates at the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium, in a single tour, surpassing the record of five concerts of The Rolling Stones . It was a record that surpassed the sales of U2 and the same The Rolling Stones in their last presentations in Argentina. After the tour ended, the three members returned to their personal activities.

In August 2008 the Sony BMG label released the DVD and double CD of the tour “Me verás volver”, which includes the songs performed by the band at concerts. In addition the DVD contains the testimonies of Gustavo Cerati, Charly Alberti and Zeta Bosio and the special guests who participated in the concerts. 28

Natural force (2009-2010)

Main article: Natural force

In March 2008 Gustavo Cerati met with Roger Waters in New York to collaborate on a theme for the benefit of the Alas Foundation . The session was conducted in the study Looking Glass, belonging to renowned minimalist composer Philip Glass . There, Gustavo Cerati and Roger Waters worked under the orders of Héctor Castillo, recording engineer from Here we go . In that place they recorded with Castillo artists of the stature of Pete Townshend , David Bowie , Lou Reed and Suzanne Vega , among others. The final destination of the recording was still unveiled by the end of 2009.

In October of 2008 Gustavo Cerati traveled to Bahamas to work on some songs of the next disc of Shakira , participating like author and producer. Upon returning to Argentina , he would resume the composition of his next album and begin the pre-recording rehearsals.

On Saturday, November 8, Gustavo Cerati was invited by Bajofondo to participate in his presentation at the main stage of Creamfields , which took place at the Buenos Aires racetrack. The band led by Gustavo Santaolalla played with Cerati “El mareo”, second single of Sweet Sea . 29 35 thousand people had entered the complex, and cheered their presentation. The song was recorded in Electric Lady Studios (New York) and has the participation of Cerati in the original version. 30

In the last stage of the year, Fernando Nalé (bass), Fernando Samalea (drums and percussion), Gonzalo Córdoba (guitars), Anita Álvarez de Toledo (choirs) and “Bolsa” González (battery). The disc recorded and mixed in Unísono by the sound engineer Héctor Castillo, who worked with Pete Townsend, David Bowie and Lou Reed, among others.

During the month of March 2009, Cerati traveled to the United States to make some recordings of his new studio album in Stratosphere Sound and Looking Glass with sound engineer Héctor Castillo. To the musicians already announced in the recording were added in New York the collaborations of: Sterling Campbell (in battery) who was member of Duran Duran , collaborated with David Bowie and The B-52’s , among others; Didi Gutman, keyboardist of Brazilian Girls ; Byron Isaacs on lap steel and bass (was a musician among many others Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and Ryan Adams) and Glenn Patscha on piano and organ (recorded with Roger Waters, Laurie Anderson , Elvis Costello to mention the most prominent). 31

The fifth solo album of the musician went on sale officially the 1 of September of 2009 (albeit days before most of the issues were filtered and uploaded to YouTube , so they were released unofficially). The album edited in CD , vinyl and digital formats . It is composed of 13 tracks plus a hidden one called “Numeral” (#), with artistic production by Cerati and Héctor Castillo. 32

” Déjà vu “, the first single broadcast of Fuerza natural was released on the radio on Monday July 20 and can be heard from the official site of Gustavo Cerati. In addition, at the end of the same month, Cerati launched its first collection of clothing, titled GC for Basement de Falabella in Chile . 33

Natural force became platinum disc in Argentina within a few weeks of going on sale. 34 Immediately after its release, the album took first place in sales in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile. Likewise Fuerza Natural was the best-selling album from the Latin iTunes store in the United States during the week of its debut.

The 31 of August of 2009 , Cerati held in Buenos Aires introduced to the local press, where he gave interviews, he received a gold record for advance sales of natural force 35 and then went music by Leandro Fresco and Anita Alvarez de Toledo The guests to the event. In that event, Cerati announced that the tour of the new album would tentatively begin on November 15 and that Mexico would be the first destination . He also announced that Martin Phillips (the famous live concert designer Nine Inch Nails , Daft Punk and Soda Stereo ) would be in charge of designing the stage for the tour. 36

Cerati also announces that for Fuerza natural he does not intend to take music videos in a conventional way, but the disc was conceived behind an original idea based on arming with all the subjects of the disc a unique and great musical video in the form of movie road style style . 34 This film would unite visually and musically, in different deliveries, all the themes of Natural Force forming a great story about a surreal and fantastic journey of Gustavo Cerati through different spaces, times, places and characters. The video of “Déjà vu” was released on September 30 , 2009 . 3. 4

“In a way it’s a record with a lot more freedom than any other: stylistic freedom, freedom of lyrics. I’m in many ways outside the patterns that could be expected even from myself and that I did it on purpose because I needed it, I wanted to make it move to freer places … “- Cerati in First Person” I would like to move to freer places … “- Cerati in First Person (Aboitiz, 2012, p. 358) 37

The 13 of March of 2010 Cerati took part in the charity concert Argentina embraces Chile to benefit victims of the earthquake . 38

The November to November of 2010 Gustavo Cerati won three Latin Grammys , obtained by natural force as best rock album and cover design your album and best rock song “Déjà vu”. 39


On May 15, 2010 he was hospitalized for a decompensation, 40 after presenting his show in Caracas , Venezuela . He had to be transferred to La Trinidad Teaching Medical Center after finishing his presentation at the Simón Bolívar University football field . On May 18, it was learned that it was really a stroke ( stroke ). 41 42 This was confirmed by neurologist Vladimir Fuenmayor, who explained that the ex-member of Soda Stereo suffered “an ischemic vascular event , with aphasia of expression “. 43 Later, however, he was surgically treated for the seriousness of the picture, and one of the doctors who treated him said that he “would not be the same again.” 44

On Monday, June 7, 2010, he was transferred to Argentina in the company of his mother, Lilian Clark and her sister, Laura Cerati; In the ambulance plane N601CV that left in the morning hours of the airport Simón Bolívar in Maiquetía , in the State Vargas , Venezuela . 45 Cerati traveled under the supervision of physician Antonio Martinelli, head of the intensive care unit of the La Trinidad Teaching Medical Center .

On June 14, it was reported that, according to one of his friends, the artist would have moved his lips and his head after listening to his own songs. 46

On the night of Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 22:50 Cerati entered the Clinic ALCLA; The transfer was performed without any complications. During his stay in this clinic, the same neurological condition persisted as before the transfer, his doctor said. 47


On September 4, 2014 the singer died after spending 4 years in a coma. 48 The death occurred around 09:00 local time (12:00 GMT), without suffering. 49 The news was confirmed in the official account of Cerati in the social network Twitter , 4 as well as by reading a statement by his relatives and the doctors of the clinic where he was hospitalized:

We communicate that today in the morning the patient died Gustavo Cerati as a result of a respiratory arrest. fifty

Dr. Gustavo Barbalace, Medical Director of the ALCLA Clinic

5 days after his death, his remains were transferred to the Cementerio de la Chacarita .


Irish rock band U2 recalled Gustavo Cerati at one of his concerts in the city of La Plata in Argentina in March 2011 , when Bono said “Do not forget Gustavo Cerati”, earning the ovation of about 60 thousand fans of the Estadio Ciudad Of La Plata and then interpret the theme ” Moment of Surrender “. In addition, on the stage screen was read the message “To Gustavo Cerati we send our love and respect. He will hear our voices tonight. ” 51

Colombian singer Shakira dedicated her song “Sale el sol” in 2011. During that same year and until her last concert, Luis Alberto Spinetta performed the song ” Te para tres ” that she used to play together with Cerati. Spinetta also composed the following poem:

God Guardian Crystal of guitars / that now / sadder / hang and wait / from your hands the word / Precipitating to the unfathomable / your caresses awaken me at the same time / in a world different from that of … / Your light is very Strong / is iridescent and highly psychedelic / I find you when the sun opens a slit / that generates notes on the shaded wall / And your music sounds on the screen / sos the restless angel that flies / the city of fury / We understand everything / you Voice warns the truth / Your voice more beautiful than ever.

Luis Alberto Spinetta. 52

The singer Finnish of symphonic metal Tarja Turunen , as a tribute to Cerati, included the song “Signs” in several of the concerts of his Latin American tour in March 2011.

The year 2012, Leandro Fresco in his album Leandro Fresco dedicates one of his songs called “The streets of your city” to the memory of the musician.

The Swedish duo Roxette performed a chorus of ” Light music ” on five shows he offered in Argentina during April and May 2012. 53 Christoffer Lundquist , guitarist for the band, said he wanted to pay homage to the singer.

Also during the same period, singer Adrian Barilari de Rata Blanca dedicated to Cerati the song “Gracias” in his solo project Barilari 4 . The Argentine metal band Carajo led by Marcelo «Corbata» Corvalán dedicated the song “Sad” and wished him a speedy recovery. [ Citation needed ]

During the year 2013, Fito Páez published his album “Yo te amo”, recorded in the studies of Gustavo Cerati. In it, it included an exciting song dedicated to Cerati called “The speed of time”. In it, Fito emulated a letter to his friend, in which he told the news that had happened during this time. Also, in it, it remembered old anecdotes that had lived together. [ Citation needed ]

On February 26, 2014, on the stage of the Festival of Viña del Mar in Chile, the group La Ley paid a tribute to Gustavo Cerati. The invited bass player of the Chilean band during that period, Zeta Bosio – former bass player of Soda Stereo – said: “As long as there is life, there will be hope”. The group performed a heartfelt rendition of Cerati’s “Crime”. [ Citation needed ]

On September 5, 2014 the band Argentina Rata Blanca during their Tour 2014 paid a small tribute to Gustavo with a few words of Walter Giardino , and playing a small fragment of the song De música ligera . In the same period, Charly Garcia revealed that he composed a song in tribute, whose most moving verses said “Gustavo dear / what happened to you / It seems that you are sleeping / it seems that you are here / It seems that you are flying / I had a friend / who touch / but not living with me / the world was our home ” 54 .

On November 13, the “Perros de la calle” metro radio program opened its studio “Gustavo Cerati”, which will be used for the presentation of live groups. At the ceremony, several famous musicians attended and performed songs by Cerati. In this context, Hilda Lizarazu plays “Goodbye” and “Lisa”, Leo Garcia with “Lago en cielo” and Lisandro Aristimuño performing subtly the songs “Alma”, “Signos” and “She used my head Like a revolver. ” Likewise, Gustavo’s family members participated in the event and were particularly moved by the version of “Alma”. [ Citation needed ]

On November 22, 2014, the public TV channel broadcast “Siempre es hoy”, a special program recorded in the major studio of the channel where various artists performed Cerati songs. 55 Also during 2014, Andres Calamaro included a version of Light Music in his live album Thoroughbreds , which appeared in several concerts. In the same way, it included a version of Crime in his work Children of the Town in conjunction with Enrique Bunbury .

On February 8, 2015, the Grammy Awards paid tribute to artists and among them was the image of Gustavo with two Grammys.

On the night of February 25, 2015, his compatriot Pedro Aznar , at the opening of the fourth day of the Viña del Mar Festival , performed the song “Zona de promesas” singing duet with Gustavo, assisted by a digital projection of images and Voice of the idol. 56 Aznar had previously honored Gustavo by playing the song “Lisa” in various concerts and including it in his album A thousand Nights and a Moment (2014). Particularly exciting, given that, as Pedro commented, this song was originally to be included in his project Tango 3 in conjunction with Charly Garcia , in 1989.

On June 2, 2015 Cerati Infinito , a CD + DVD compilation album that toured the entire solo career of the musician, from Amor Amaral (1993) to Fuerza Natural (2009), was released . The DVD includes all the video clips recorded by the musician in his solo career, in addition to some live versions.

On June 14, 2015, he was in the Martín Fierro Awards Memorial with the artists who died between 2014 and 2015.

On June 21, 2015, the Ciudad Emergente festival paid homage to Gustavo Cerati, in the city of Buenos Aires. This event consisted of the execution of various songs of Cerati’s work through former members of his solo band Richard Coleman , Leandro Fresco and Fernando Nalé , to which they were added guest musicians. In it, he highlighted the versions of “Cactus” sung by Pedro Aznar , “Goodbye” by David Lebon and “I take you to take me” with the participation of Benito Cerati . At the end, all the invited musicians sang in unison the song “Bridge”. 57

On August 5, 2015, the Honorable Deliberating Council of Paraná , Entre Ríos , baptized a street in that city under the musician’s name. 58

On April 2, 2016 at the harvest festival in the province of Mendoza, the guitarist and singer of the band Divididos Ricardo Mollo , together with the symphony orchestra of the province of Mendoza, gave a homage to the song by Gustavo Cerati « Crime”. On November 4, 2016, a tribute to Soda Stereo was developed under the “Movistar Fri Music” festival. More than 25 bands sang songs of that group, with special emphasis in the roll of Gustavo. The most remarkable versions were commanded by Zeta Bosio and Carlos Alomar executing the song “Do not exist” with the voice of Cerati in the background; Benito Cerati and his version of “Forgive is Divine” and Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas playing “She used my head like a revolver”.

Private life

Cerati married Belén Edwards , a designer with whom the musician – then head of Soda – signed the papers in 1987. The marriage lasted only a few years, the couple separated, but in the gold, Edwards went to the routes With the trio of rock in quality of clothes. 59 In 1988 met at a press conference in Chile to the model of that country then 17 years old, Cecilia Amenábar , had a relationship at a distance and soon afterwards Gustavo gave him a manuscript that would later become the song ” I do not need to see you (to know) ». 60 When the first anniversary of Cerati’s ACV was fulfilled, Cecilia decided to publish it to Editorial Perfil as a way of honoring it. 61 On May 19, 1993, they entered into civil marriage in Las Condes , 62 subsequently, on June 25, 1993, they entered into religious marriage in the church of Los Misioneros de Pedro de Valdivia Norte, Santiago, Chile . 63 The couple had two children: Benito Cerati (26 November 1993) and Lisa Cerati (2 May 1996), both of whom were born in Santiago. 64

In 2001 the pair separated and Cerati established a relationship with Deborah de Corral , ex- girlfriend of Charly Alberti . 65 After his break with Deborah de Corral, in July 2005 he met the dresser Sofía Medrano , in the production of a calendar for the benefit of the Huésped Foundation.

In 2008 he began his relationship with Argentine actress Leonora Balcarce , recently separated from musician Gonzalo Aloras. In 2009 he finished his brief relationship with the young actress.

At the time of his cerebrovascular attack , Cerati was in pair with the Argentine model Chloé Bello . 66 He was a fan of Racing Club de Avellaneda . 67


Cerati was left-handed (as were other guitarists like Charly Garcia , Jaime Roos , Mark Knopfler or Gary Moore ); but he learned to play guitar in a right hand, because in music stores he frequented, there were no models for leftist domination person 68 69 . It was varying from models, depending on the song, to use the most appropriate to the sound of the theme.

He had a long collection of them and the ones he used most were:

  • PRS Multifoil Special Model – Multifoil finish [ citation needed ] : your favorite guitar, and most used feature. He was one of the first important users of PRS guitars . The guitar was acquired in the late 80’s but was not used until the recording of Animal Song , as Gustavo was still very attached to his famous Jackson Soloist, guitar emblematic of the early Soda Stereo . Thanks to Gustavo’s use of this guitar and thanks to the centrality he means in Latin rock, PRS guitars have greatly increased their popularity in Latin America .
  • Jackson Soloist – blue finish: emblematic guitar from the early years of Soda Stereo . It was the main guitar of Gustavo during years. Songs like Game of seduction , Nothing personal and many more classics of the band, left the chords of this guitar. He stopped using it in the late 80’s, after the handle had been broken by accident. Subsequently, it would be repaired and I would see again the light in 2007 to play the old Soda songs on the Me Verás Volver tour .
  • G & L Legacy HB – black finish: guitar used during the tour by Ahí Vamos (2006) Me Verás Volver (2007) and in the Fuerza Natural tour .
  • Gibson ES-335 – cherry red finish: used since the second half of the 1990s on the Comfort and Music for Flying tours (1996) and The Last Concert (1997). It would later be used in the solo tour of Bocanada and in the meeting of Soda Stereo (2007).
  • G & L ASAT Classic – 70 cherry red finish: guitar used in his solo stage, especially during the recording of the album Siempre es hoy , in which he was the main guitar, and in the tour of Ahí Vamos (2006).
  • Fender Electric XII – sunburst finish: 12-string guitar used at the time of Animal Song ( rehearsals ). It can be seen in the videos of In the City of Fury (1988) and Of Light Music (1990).
  • Gibson Les Paul – cherry sunburst finish: used during the Siempre Es Hoy tour . Refined in RE for “Artefacto” and in LA for the rest of the songs and in the first stage of the tour of Ahí Vamos (2006).
  • Gretsch G6128 – black finish: used during the Natural Strength tour .
  • Fender Telecaster Custom – black finish: used during the Natural Strength tour .
  • Parker Fly – black finish: used during the last stage of Soda Stereo on the tours of Stereo Dream (1995), Comfort and music to fly (1996) and The Last Concert (1997), and as soloist, on the Bocanada tour 1999). It would stop being used after an accident by the assistant of Gustavo, Eduardo Barakus, in which the mango would break him.
  • Gibson Chet Atkins SST – electroacoustic guitar: used in the 80’s and 90’s in the Signos tour (1986), Double life (1988), Languis (1989), the first stage of the Animal Tour (1990) and during Tour You’ll See Me Back .
  • Guild F4ce NT – electroacoustic guitar: used in the 90’s during the Animal Tour (1990-1992), Gira Dynamo (1992-1993), Gira Sueño Stereo (1995-1996), Unplugged and his tour (1996), Gira Last Concert and the tour of Bocanada (1999) of his solo stage.


Main article: Annex: Discography of Gustavo Cerati
See also: Annex: Songs by Gustavo Cerati
See also: Annex: Discography of Soda Stereo
See also: Annex: Videography by Gustavo Cerati

Studio albums

  • Yellow love (1993).
  • Bocanada (1999).
  • It is always today (2002).
  • Here we go (2006).
  • Natural force (2009).
  • 1993: ” I’ll take you to take me “
  • 1994: « Pulsar »
  • 1994: ” Lisa “
  • 1999: ” Root “
  • 1999: ” Bridge “
  • 1999: “Immoral Walk”
  • 2000: ‘Babel River’
  • 2000: “Cheats”
  • 2000: “Taboo”
  • 2002: “Impossible Things”
  • 2003: « Karaoke »
  • 2003: “Artifact”
  • 2006: ” Crime “
  • 2006: “The exception”
  • 2006: ” Goodbye “
  • 2007: « Lake in the sky »
  • 2008: “I stay here”
  • 2009: « Déjà vu »
  • 2009: ” Rapture “
  • 2010: «Magic»


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  2. ↑ Jump to:a b Los Andes online, «Gustavo Cerati turns 50» , article in the newspaper Los Andes (Mendoza) of August 11, 2009.
  3. Back to top↑ «Cerati died» . . September 4, 2014 . Consulted the 4 of September of 2014 .
  4. ↑ Jump to:a b Profile of Gustavo Cerati (September 4, 2014). ‘Communiqué of the Cerati family’ . Facebook . Consulted the 4 of September of 2014 .
  5. Back to top↑ See: Soda Stereo # The mythical band of Latin rock .
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  7. Back to top↑ Nazer, Natacha: “The Eternal Talent,” article on the Indy Rock website.
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  10. Back to top↑ “Confirm death of Gustavo Cerati” . Consulted the 4 of September of 2014 .
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  12. Back to top↑ Law 4834 , sanctioned on December 5, 2013, promulgated by Decree 30/014 of January 13, 2014 and published in the Official Gazette of the City No. 4320 of January 17, 2014.
  13. Back to top↑ Jürgensen, Mauricio – Gustavo Cerati: The unknown family circle that protects the musician , Diario La Tercera – June 11, 2010
  14. Back to top↑ «Soda Stereo: biography» , article on the Animal Image website.
  15. Back to top↑ Interview with Gustavo Cerati , Copesa, Chile
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  17. Back to top↑ Cerati, Gustavo. “The goodbye letter .” Diario Clarín, May 2, 1997. Archived from the original on November 28, 2015.
  18. Back to top↑ «Soda Stereo,” The Last Concert “, farewell to Gustavo Cerati», video on the YouTube website.
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  20. Back to top↑ “Bocanada” , article on the website All Music.
  21. Back to top↑ 4.5 stars to “Bocanada” , on the All Music website.
  22. ↑ Jump to:a b «Cerati arrives tonight at Colón» , article in the newspaper Clarín of April 22, 2002.
  23. ↑ Jump to:a b «The electronic gang of Cerati» , article in the newspaper La Nación (Buenos Aires).
  24. Back to top↑ InfoRegión, Here we go !, the new Cerati
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  26. Back to top↑ «Emmanuel Horvilleur: dreams of a seducer» , article in the newspaperClarín of August 24, 2008.
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  31. Back to top↑ Amelia Alvarez Comunicación, ed. (March 31, 2009). “Gustavo recorded in New York with distinguished guests for their new studio album.” . Archived from the original on March 7, 2013 . Consulted on September 7, 2014 .
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  33. Back to top↑ «GC Collection Basement» . July 20, 2009 . Consulted on September 7, 2014 .
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  36. Back to top↑, Two times with an exquisite interval
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  38. Back to top↑ «Argentina embraces Chile» . Consulted on September 7, 2014 .
  39. Back to top↑ «Gustavo Cerati won three Latin Grammy Awards» . Clarín . November 12, 2010 . Consulted on September 7, 2014 .
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  45. Back to top↑ « ” Gustavo Cerati is transferred to Argentina ” » .
  46. Back to top↑ Cf., «Cerati moved lips and head to hear his songs» , June 14, 2010, consulted ditto.
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  50. Back to top↑ Clinic ALCLA (September 4, 2014). “Cerati died .” The Herald . Consulted the 4 of September of 2014 .
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